Jeremy Evans writes sailing books for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and also writes for Yachting Monthly and Yachts and Yachting magazines. Pat Manley is an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a member of the Yachting Journalists Association. He has written several books on boat maintenance and is a regular contributor to Practical Boat Owner magazine. Barrie Smith is an RYA Yachtmaster who has skippered or crewed on numerous yacht delivery trips and long distance races.
A very comprehensive treatment of the subject.... Experienced sailors as well as novices will find instruction ... Recommended.--Ralph Lee Scott"American Reference Books Annual" (01/01/2009) Sailing is a popular sport and this book is a very comprehensive treatment of the subject. Topics covered include: starting out; learning to sail; dinghy sailing; cruising; navigation; weather; maintenance; and safety as sea. The volume is well illustrated with color photographs [and] this reviewer was impressed by the constant stress the authors place on safety at sea. Photographs always show sailors in appropriate yachting safety gear and almost every paragraph mentions some aspect of maritime safety.... Experienced sailors as well as novices will find instruction in this book and at times...the level of detail becomes very basic. Remembering these basic concepts can sometimes make the difference on the open sea. This title is recommended for general reference collections.--Ralph Lee Scott"American Reference Books Annual" (01/01/2009) It's no secret that I love to sail, and if you've ever wanted to learn more about boating but didn't know where to start, this book will steer you in the right direction. This book, filled with full-colour photographs and illustrations, is ideal for those getting into sailing. It covers many topics... and gives the novice an idea of pretty much everything to do with sailing. Review for the U.K. edition: Lavishly illustrated, sharp photography a first-class introductory text. Review for the U.K. edition: This is a book I would recommend to anyone from novice to day skipper. At [this price] you are going to have to look very hard to find such a large amount of expert advice and information concentrated in such a reasonable space. From tender to yacht to dinghy, this book covers it all... This is a true sailor's companion.--John Karl"Latitudes and Attitudes" (07/01/2009) This beautifully illustrated guidebook covers everything from dinghy sailing to emergency management.--Joe Myerson"Northeast Boating" (05/01/2009)